President Trump met with a group of activists and politicians who had gathered to celebrate the passage of the “First Step Act” which begins the process of reforming our nation’s criminal justice sentencing system.
President Trump and various libertarian-leaning Republicans have led the charge on sentencing reform in recent years, and they’ve won more than a few fans in the black community by doing so.
Sentencing reform has long been a hot-button issue in the African-American activist community, and it’s something that Democrats have mostly ignored.
Actor Isaiah Washington, who has long been a champion of sentencing reform pointed out this interesting turn-of-events:
Washington tweeted on Monday his praise for Trump and the passing of the First Step Act, which is dedicated to criminal justice reform and prisoner rehabilitation. The actor was invited to D.C. to celebrate the legislation and hear calls for more reform, which he says Trump’s predecessor never did.take our poll - story continues below
“I voted for 44 twice. I even checked my emails in his Senate Office while lobbying for Salone to be given another chance to rebrand,” the former “Grey’s Anatomy” star wrote. “Not once in 8 years was I given any support regarding Africa or the Black Agenda, but 45 invites me to the WH to celebrate the #FirstStepAct.”
Here’s the President and supporters celebrating their win:
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